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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 72
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 11-25-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beautiful translucent mahogany with a foamy off-white head that settles to a half finger with a fair amount of lace.

Smell: Citrus hop notes that comes through as an almost artificial lime scent that reminds me of Rose's Lime Juice. Some tart pineapple as well. There is a an odd scent that I can only describe as brussel sprouts. Grainy and grassy notes come through as well. A minor hint of alcohol comes through.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit notes of hop bitterness. Some sweeter malt notes of caramel and grain that come through as well. The finish is balanced, not too dry, and consists of grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel: The hops have some presence on the palate. Nothing more than a gentle tingle, and definitely not buckling my tongue. The beer is fairly thick.

Overall: This beer is okay. There are some off-putting elements on the nose that reminds me of cooking brussel sprouts or cauliflower. There is an artificial citrus element as well. I love the big amber style of beer, and I will say that this does not come close to Nugget Nectar or Lagunitas Mondo, which are two of my favorite examples. Overall, I think it falls short because it lacks that clean, crisp and fresh hop character that the others have.

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On tap at the Rochester Taproom in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear dark amber, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells like strong caramel malt, and bitter pine.

The taste is similar. A little bit of grapefruity-ness, but lots of pine needles and sweet caramel malt. It's fairly bitter, but not quite as much as the name implies.

Medium bodied, creamy, sticky mouthfeel, very drinkable, no discernable alcohol.

A pretty decent imperial amber, could be a little cleaner.

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Tongue Buckler - Imperial Red Ale from Ballast Point Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.